Dream Chaser Spacecraft has first profitable check flight
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser accomplished a profitable glide check at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. The reusable spacecraft now advances its mission of delivering cargo to the ISS.
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With the profitable glide check accomplished final weekend, Dream Chaser spacecraft is inching nearer to its objective of delivering cargo to the International Space Station. The reusable Dream Chaser is a less expensive and smaller model of the retired NASA’s area shuttle orbiter.
Successful Glide Test
On Nov. 11, Sierra Nevada Corp.’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft’s efficiently accomplished its free-flight check at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. The glide check confirmed that the spacecraft meets the anticipated fashions for a visit to the ISS. Since January, Dream Chaser has been present process a number of exams in preparation for the free-flight check.
A Columbia Helicopter Model 234-UT lifted the full-scale, unmanned Dream Chaser earlier than its launch and completion of a pre-planned flight path that concluded with a touchdown on Runway 22L of the Edwards Air Force Base in California. During the spacecraft’s last strategy and touchdown part, Dream Chaser was capable of fly by the identical flight path used when coming back from orbit.
“The Dream Chaser flight test demonstrated excellent performance of the spacecraft’s aerodynamic design and the data shows that we are firmly on the path for safe, reliable orbital flight,” stated Mark Sirangelo, company vp of SNC’s Space System enterprise space.
The atmospheric flight efficiency of Dream Chaser confirmed the development of this system that created the spacecraft, which permits them to inch nearer towards the achievement of their last milestone for the NASA CCiCap settlement.
Advancing Orbital Flight
The flight was an enormous milestone for the area act settlement of Sierra Nevada with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager Steve Stich shared their pleasure after the check.
“The Dream Chaser team has done an amazing job preparing for and executing this test and the Commercial Crew Program has been with them along the way,” stated Stich. “The Flight computers and avionics systems are the same as the orbital vehicle so this test will pave the way for future landings for the International Space Station missions.”
Mike Lee, NASA Commercial Crew Program area act settlement accomplice supervisor, shared that the achievement of Dream Chaser flight is a mirrored image of advancing orbital flights, significantly the re-entry of a spacecraft from orbital missions.
Both NASA and SNC will badessment very important info gathered through the check. They will take a look at the spacecraft’s aerodynamic and built-in system efficiency from an altitude of 12,400 toes.
SNC shared the success of the flight check on their Twitter web page final Saturday:
SNC is proud to announce the Dream Chaser® spacecraft had a profitable free-flight check at this time @EdwardsAFB, with badist of @NASAArmstrong. The Dream Chaser had a wonderful flight and touchdown! pic.twitter.com/lAn0n7FPsg
— Sierra Nevada Corp (@SierraNevCorp) November 12, 2017
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